R.I.P.: Spotti Woodhead

Passionate, enthusiastic and wonderfully insightful: Spotti Woodhead was a rallying encyclopaedia and an institution in this sport.

On Saturday, Woodhead passed away, leaving his wife Giselle and many friends.

Woodhead has been a true personality in South African motorsport since the 1960s, and competed as a driver and navigator. He was a Champion navigator in 1975, and also claimed the Star SCC Rally Championship titles in 1981 and 1982 as a driver.

Since hanging up his rally overalls and helmet, he turned his attention to the Total Economy Run, competing most years since the event’s inception in 1977. He claimed numerous outright wins and class victories, most recently in the 2008 edition.

I met the man on numerous occassions, and shared news and snippets with him over e-mail. His knowledge was limitless.

Spotti Woodhead, rest in peace.

3 thoughts on “R.I.P.: Spotti Woodhead”

  1. Spotti a great legend with in Castrol, you will be missed not just for your knowledge but for all the quirky jokes re motor racing, my son always wanted to go on a race with u but just never has the courage to ask,
    My Condolences to your family and the to the racing world.,

    Kind regards
    Leonie Du Plessis

  2. As an ex-Castrol colleague,Spotti was well respected for his knowledge of lubricants & the application thereof. I had the highest regard for him as such, but also as a motorsport man myself,held him in high regard for his abilities behind the steering wheel. A true character,always seen with his trademark Castrol beenie cap at the various rallies.He’ll be sorely missed. Condolences to his immediate family & close friends. Dirk van der Merwe, Parkdene, South Africa.

  3. Rest in Peace Spotti. You will be missed. You were a great Castrolite!! Our condolences to your family.
    Kind Regards,
    Peter Reck and family.

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